Say I Do to the Haiku

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Haikus used to scare me. Not as in, “Oh my God! It’s a haiku! Run for your life!” But rather, I didn’t feel comfortable with trying to write them. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I could never remember the correct number of syllables per line, which is really pathetic. In fact, that’s the most pathetic excuse I’ve ever given for anything…at least, I hope it is. The pattern of a 5 syllable line/7 syllable line/5 syllable line is as simple as the syrup in cocktail. Truth be told, as with everything I avoid doing, it was just fear of failure.

No more fear. This week, I have said, “I do,” to the haiku. Here, I present three of my humble attempts.

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Steam rises and sings

Water has begun to dance

Tea time waits no more

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Shadows carve the light

Put out by the setting sun

Worthy art indeed

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Crisp rays of sunshine

Cut through puffy clouds of white

Like a knife through cheese

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